Advocacy & Mentoring
YWCA La Crosse values early intervention. Programs serve at-risk youth and teens that may not have the necessary resources and support for a stable and successful life. All programs focus on different populations and outcomes and work to empower young people to reach their full potential.
YWCA CASA for Kids (Court Appointed Special Advocate) CASA for Kids serves children who have been determined by a court to be in need of protection or services. This program trains volunteers to advocate for the best interests of the child and monitor the child’s progress toward a safe, stable, and permanent home. Volunteers serve as observers for the judges who appoint them, meeting weekly with the child and consulting regularly with the child’s support team.
Teen LEAD is also a program offered to selected local high school juniors. This scholarship program is an eight-month training series that utilizes professional women in the area and offers their personal insights into leadership as women.